Roseola infantum Diagnosis

Roseola infantum Diagnosis - • The fever is present in a...

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Roseola infantum Diagnosis The diagnosis of Roseola Infantum is usually based on clinical history, as it typically occurs about a week after contact with another child with the condition. On examination it is important to rule out signs of meningitis. If diagnosis remains uncertain blood tests and viral cultures will usually exclude other potentially serious causes. Treatment There is no specific treatment for Roseola Infantum, however it is important to treat the fever as this can prevent the occurrence of a febrile convulsion, which can be a frightening experience for both parents and child. Treatments include:- Drinking plenty of cool fluids Taking low-dose liquid paracetamol (Calpol) Removing excess clothing down to the nappy can help a child throw off excess heat Tepid sponging with cool water can help bring down a fever Using a fan A doctor may be needed if:- Simple measures do not bring down the fever
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Unformatted text preview: • The fever is present in a child under 6 months of age • The child has a febrile convulsion (A period of unconsciousness and 2-4 minutes of uncoordinated jerking and twitching movements) Prognosis The fever often lasts for 3-4 days, followed by a rash which usually lasts a few hours to a day. After the rash has faded there is no scaring and the child will make a full recovery. One attack of the infection usually gives the sufferer immunity for life. Repeat attacks of this condition can occur, but it is not common and tends to be associated with other conditions, usually a problem with the immune system. Prevention The only way to prevent a child from picking up the infection is to not allow close contact with other infected children. Children between the ages of 6 months and 2 years are at greatest risk of catching the disease....
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